How to Baby Proof Your Home

Mar 03

There is a bit of a stigma when it comes to making your house safe for a baby being around. Whether it is the assumed hassle of installing all the various pieces that make up a truly safe household, or even the hassle of working around these things as you live your life, the need for these items shouldn’t be understated. There are all kinds of devices and products out there to help keep your growing child safe through some of the clumsiest years of their life.

To get things started you need to understand that everyone does not need every single proofing product that is out there. You have to assess the risks in your house and determine the individual items you will need to safeguard your child accordingly. Ask yourself a few simple questions like:

  • Are there sharp edges and corners of furniture exposed in areas the baby will be?
  • Are there cabinets with harmful things in them such as cleaners, detergents and the like?
  • Are there stairs that your child could gain access to, either going up or coming down?
  • Are the bathrooms accessible to your baby or toddler?
  • Are there areas of your home where it would be deemed unsafe for your child to enter?

These are pretty standard questions to ask yourself. The answers will give you an idea of what you will need to purchase in order to protect your child from what could happen in your house. Starting with edges and corners, if you have deemed that these spots exist, you should consider the purchase of bumpers that round off edges and sharp furniture corners, dispersing impact and limiting trauma if a child were to fall into them.

Cabinets pose a unique threat to your child, as they are not aware what is safe to put in their mouth and what isn’t. It does not take long for them to determine how things function in the areas where they spend time, and so if these threats are present it could be advisable to get cabinet locks. These are easily used by adults with little hassle, but it can completely prevent your baby or toddler from getting inside and to what they need to stay away from.

A large part of baby proofing is to steer your child clear of areas where they could get hurt or they could really cause damage to important things. A safe way to do this is to purchase baby gates to install in doorways and into hallways. These are a great preventative product to keep your child from accessing stairs, though it should be stated that a gate should never be installed at the very top of the stairs. Choose an adjacent wall to the stair opening to prevent access.

The bathroom is complete with its own set of problems. If there is no way to keep your child from entering this area, you might consider both the cabinet locks for accessible storage areas and also a lid lock for your toilet. This prevents your child from lifting the lid and getting into the germs and bacteria that generally exist in the average toilet rim, bowl and water.

Consider this itemized checklist to get you started on baby proofing your house. It details nearly every potential problem area and can have you looking at these more closely:

  • Cabinets
  • Edges and Corners
  • Unsafe Areas
  • Stairs
  • Outlets
  • Doors
  • Windows (Including Blinds and Drapes)
  • Bathrooms

These are just a few ways that you can baby proof a home, and it generally covers the products that exist. Take time to assess what you need and prepare your living space long before the need arises. None of the above mentioned products take long to install, they are typically tool free to install, and if they do require hand tools, it is usually nothing more than a screwdriver.